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Rysa began studying dance over 30 years ago in Southern California. Her passion for the art of dance and music pushed her to experience many different styles from Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop to Salsa, Belly-dancing, and African. Her formal training continued throughout college, where she earned her bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood with a minor in Dance at Texas A&M University. She has choreographed and performed various projects for TV, stage, and screen. She has taught for over 20 years throughout the U.S. and was Artistic director of Just East of Broadway Performing Arts Studio from 2004-2008.  Since 2008, Rysa has been the proud Owner/Director of All Star Studios in Forest Hills, Queens.

Shauna earned her BFA in Dance Performance from The State University of New York at Buffalo. She is currently a member of In-Sight Dance Company under the direction of Leeanne M. G-Bowley and a past member of LiNK The Movement under the direction of Ginger Cox. With LiNK and In-Sight she has had the opportunity to perform at: The National Museum of Dance, LIC Arts Open, The Moving Beauty Series, New York 60x60 Dance, Elian Summer Dance Awards, Jazz Dance Choreography Enterprises, and Harkness Dance Center’s, “Fridays at Noon”. 

 

Shauna Sorensen and Dancers first premiered in 2010 at The Ailey City Group Theater in New York City. Shauna Sorensen and Dancers also completed their 2nd evening length site specific/multi media work, “Master Sigh”, with funding from the Queens Council on The Arts. The company has presented works at The Queens Fringe Festival, Translate: The Voices of Dance/JChen Project, The Under Exposed series, The Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall, Dixon Place Presents Fast Forward, FUSE and Immersion presented by the Creators Collective, In-Sight Dance Company’s “Suite Summer”, The Rebound Dance Festival in New Haven, CT., and The DUMBO Dance Festival. Shauna’s full bio and additional videos can be viewed by visiting www.shaunasorensen.com

Victoria began dancing at a young age in Wilmington, NC under the direction of Mary Beth Henderson at South East Dance Theater. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics and pointe, competing at a national level and performing with The Dance Theatre of Wilmington’s Nutcracker Ballet every year. Victoria then moved on to finish High School at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts where she focused her training on ballet and contemporary. She received her BFA in Dance performance with a jazz concentration and minor in Theater from East Carolina University. Since moving to New York City, she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers for performances at Ailey CitiGroup Theater, Kean University, Webster Hall, Silk City Arts Festival, Hatch and onboard The Palm Beach Princess. Most recently, she is excited to be presenting the choreography of Liz Matias of Matias Dance and Shauna Sorensen at multiple performance venues throughout the Tri-State area. Victoria began teaching at All Star Studios in 2008.

Stephanie , originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, started training at 19. She graduated from the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham school. She has also trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and at National Arts Academy (Malaysia), studying and training in dance forms such as traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian. Stephanie is a freelance artist in New York City currently working with several companies, LiNK! the movement under artistic director Ginger Cox, Bardos Ballet Theater under direction Cynthia Stanley and, Shauna Sorensen and dancers. Stephanie has taught at several studios throughout New York and is very grateful and excited to be on faculty at All Star Studios. 

Kelly was born and raised in Westford, Massachusetts, where her dance training began at the age of 2 1/2 in local dance studios.  Kelly participated in many performance opportunities along the East Coast, including multiple Nutcrackers with New England Civic Ballet, community charity performances, and dance competitions.  Kelly graduated with her BA in Dance, and a minor in Psychology, from Dean College.  While at Dean, Kelly studied Ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and tap, and took advantage of many performance and choreography opportunities. Kelly moved to New York in 2008 to pursue a career in dance, Where her performance credits include a showcase of Alan O'nickel's choreography at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, And many performances and choreographic opportunities as a member of The NYC Tap Companies, Undertoe Dance Project, and Ya'el Tap.  Kelly continues her dance training by taking classes at Steps on Broadway. 

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Robyn began her formal training in Minneapolis, MN at Ballet Arts of Minnesota and later Minnesota Dance Theatre. She attended Butler University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in dance in 2016. Her technical background includes both Vaganova and Balanchine methods along with her training in Paul Taylor and Graham Modern techniques and Slavic character dance. She has performed featured roles in Swan Lake and Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barocco, and in various versions of 'The Nutcracker.' Since 2017, she has performed as a company artist with Eglevsky Ballet and as a freelance dancer with independent hip-hop and contemporary ballet projects. While performing, Robyn participated in Steps on Broadway’s Work/Study Program and served as the Marketing Manager and Interim Studio Coordinator for Rachel Neville Photography in LIC. She has worked at Gaynor Minden in administration and marketing, and since the industry shutdown, has been an instructor and the Marketing Manager for The Ballet Spot, a hybrid adult ballet fitness studio in NYC and LA. Robyn is currently pursuing her Arts Management Certificate through NYU’s School of Professional Studies while in arts marketing and development.

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